Tomas Holmstrom will have surgery to repair a hernia and will miss the next 3-5 weeks, according to Coach Mike Babcock. Holmstrom has missed the past three games because of the injury, which hampered during last season as well. Holmstrom missed several practices during the playoffs last spring and had to take shots before, during and after games.
Holmstrom said that the timing of the surgery should allow him to play 10 regular-season games before the playoffs. He's expecting to have to wait 2-3 weeks before he can skate again.
The surgery isn't scheduled yet, but the team is trying to get Holmstrom in as soon as possible.